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'Tommies' Installed As Part Of Centenary Celebrations

8th June 2018
News, Ashfield

As part of Ashfield District Council’s celebrations marking 100 years since the end of WW1,  four Tommies have been installed across the district.

 

The life sized silhouettes of a soldier have been installed in Kirkby, Sutton, Hucknall and Annesley. The figures have been installed as part of the There But Not There campaign  commemorating this year’s 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The name Tommies comes from Tommy Atkins, slang for a common soldier in the British Army. The term was established during the nineteenth century, but is particularly associated with World War I. German soldiers would call out to "Tommy" across no man's land if they wished to speak to a British soldier. French and Commonwealth troops would also call British soldiers "Tommies". 

 

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “The Tommies are a really moving tribute to those who served and lost their lives in WW1 and all the conflicts since. They form just part of the Council’s celebrations this year and will enable the community to remember for years to come, and provide a talking point so stories can be shared with the next generation.”

Cllr Zadrozny was joined by his Grandad, John Fejfer from Annesley, who served in WW2 and Adam Braddow from Kirkby, who served as an infantry soldier in Afghanistan.

 

Tommies are located

Kirkby – outside the Council Offices

Sutton – Portland Square

Hucknall – in front of  St Mary Magdalene church

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